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Old 01/06/2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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What's your favorite brand salt mix ?

I have always used Reef Crystals by instant Ocean with okay results and usually test and buffer it before a water change because each bucket has a variance in elements. With that said I would like see what everyone else is using and what you like about the brand you use. I also dose brightwell aquatic A and B calcium and alkalinity as well potassium. All feedback will be appreciated greatly!
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Old 01/06/2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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I use TMPR.

once a month, so quarter of my WCs, I use a different salt. RC,KZ RBS, IO ...


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Old 01/06/2014, 01:52 PM   #3
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I have been sticking with regular IO for several years. I have never found a compelling reason to use anything else.


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Old 01/06/2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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I have been sticking with regular IO for several years. I have never found a compelling reason to use anything else.

Ditto. The only salt I have ever used.
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Old 01/06/2014, 02:15 PM   #5
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Sirreal63 how are the mag and cal levels in the instant ocean ?


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Old 01/06/2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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IO because i know what i'm getting. It's always the same batch after batch.


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Old 01/06/2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Red Sea Coral Pro, makes coralline algae grow like crazy.


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Old 01/06/2014, 03:15 PM   #8
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IO here as well for many years. Consistent from batch to batch as mentioned. Usually one of the lowest priced as well which helps when you change 225 gallons of water at a time.


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Old 01/06/2014, 03:27 PM   #9
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Sirreal63 how are the mag and cal levels in the instant ocean ?
It stays fairly consistent, alk 10-11, cal 400-420 and mag 1300-1400. One thing I have learned is the bags are much more consistent than the buckets, I suspect this is because of stratification of the mix with the buckets.


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Old 01/06/2014, 04:02 PM   #10
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Sirreal63 I have a clarifying question when you mentioned the bags are you referring to the 200 gallon mix boxes (I assume they would package it in bag inside the box)?


Nanook I would say with changing that much water you would have to make it cost effective, it looks like the general consensus Instant Ocean floats the boat.


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Old 01/06/2014, 04:10 PM   #11
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Correct, the 200 gallon boxes have individual 50 gallon bags.


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Old 01/06/2014, 05:01 PM   #12
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Tried a lot of brands and don't think you need anything special. IORC works for me.


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Old 01/06/2014, 05:04 PM   #13
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IO is pretty consistent

Calcium-390
Magnesium-1470
Alkalinity-10
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Old 01/06/2014, 05:05 PM   #14
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Old 01/06/2014, 06:01 PM   #15
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I switched to Red Sea regular but have decided to go back to using Instant Ocean.


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Old 01/06/2014, 06:03 PM   #16
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Old 01/06/2014, 06:13 PM   #17
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IO or TMPR for me too. I like the bags as well. I dry mix the TMPR up like crazy before I use it.


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Old 01/06/2014, 08:09 PM   #18
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I use ESV. Mixes faster than any other I've tried, and is always 100% consistent.


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Old 01/06/2014, 08:13 PM   #19
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I get low readings on magnesium from IO. 1150-1200 not sure I've been having to dose it up


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Old 01/06/2014, 09:14 PM   #20
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ESV for me too, 10 min. and is ready to go, always consistent results.


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Old 01/06/2014, 09:34 PM   #21
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I switched to of all salts Kent. It was on a recommendation of a fellow old school reefer and it's cheap. Been consistent for the last 6 months. Mixes clear in about an hour and no residue left behind.

Switched from IO. Didn't like always having to dose each batch. I never seemed to get the levels stated above. Cal was around 370 max. Alk was 11-12 and mag was usually below 1100.


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Alk 9-10
Cal 450
Mag 1350ish
What I'm not too happy about is the potassium is at about 500. a little high so since the switch my levels have been 450 and a little above. I havent noticed any negatives but I have read some negatives on elevated levels and sps.


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Old 01/06/2014, 09:50 PM   #22
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I go back and forth between IO and RC, usually RC since with the LFS 2 time a year group buy it's super cheap. I'd love it if only the alkalinity was lower. But, shutting my reactor down over night usually fixes matters.


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Old 01/06/2014, 10:21 PM   #23
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Been using Red Sea Coral Pro for the last couple of years. I have a small tank, 29 gallons, so I don't mind the extra cost.

My SPS look great with fantastic growth!


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Old 01/06/2014, 10:39 PM   #24
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I've used TM and TMPR for the last three years. Both have worked very well for me.


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Old 01/07/2014, 12:13 AM   #25
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I have been using RC. So far so good.


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